Could you eat 20 kg of corn in one day? That’s the human equivalent of what ducks and geese typically have rammed down their throats every single day on foie gras farms.
It can be hard to visualise exactly how much food this is, so we decided to stage a graphic demo that illustrates both the grotesque quantities of grain that birds are forced to swallow and the violent way in which force-feeding occurs.
Today, a valiant PETA supporter volunteered to kneel outside Fortnum & Mason’s Piccadilly store and be “force-fed” … Read more.
Bulls die bloody deaths in Pamplona every year. It’s bad enough that at the Spanish city’s annual San Fermín festival, terrified animals stumble and fall as they are hounded through the streets by unthinking tourists. But what many people don’t realise is that these bulls are being herded straight towards the bullring – and an agonising death.
In bullfights, bulls are stabbed repeatedly in the back and neck by groups of men on horseback. Sometimes the lances pierce the animals’ lungs, which will then fill up with blood. The matador then … Read more.
Every year, in the city of Pamplona in northern Spain, there’s a massacre. Bewildered animals are forced to run at breakneck speed through the streets, towards an arena where they will be stabbed to death by a group of armed men. The Running of the Bulls at the San Fermin festival is a truly barbaric performance and one that has no place in any civilised country.
But something else happens every year, something that’s genuinely inspiring – people from Spain and all over the world come together to protest, peacefully and … Read more.
The limp, blood-spattered corpse of a dead goose serves as an upsetting reminder of where foie gras really comes from. Those who purchase the repugnant pâté from Fortnum & Mason – one of the few British retailers that still sells it – would perhaps rather not think about the force-feeding and animal abuse that are its chief ingredients, but today, PETA volunteers felt duty-bound to give them a little aide-mémoire.
The glamorous ladies made for an incongruous sight as they rocked up outside Fortnum & Mason’s Piccadilly store in little black … Read more.
This week is Volunteers’ Week – and here at PETA, we’re constantly inspired by our fabulous volunteers, whose energy, passion and commitment to helping animals are essential to our work, every week.
Online, offline, on the streets, at our office or from their homes, our volunteers help us out in a huge number of ways. The following are just a few concrete examples of how Team PETA has been making a difference recently:
- In February, approximately 5,000 people e-mailed Shropshire Council asking that it reject plans to build an appallingly cruel chicken
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In outfits cunningly fashioned from lettuce leaves, PETA volunteers tempted passers-by at Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens yesterday with free vegan sausages. Sowing the seeds of healthy vegan eating in the minds of Mancunians, the lovely “Lettuce Ladies” were there to celebrate National Vegetarian Week – and to extol the benefits of a green and compassionate diet.
While wielding signs reading, “Turn Over a New Leaf: Go Vegan”, supporters also showed the lunchtime crowd our powerful video “Glass Walls“, narrated by Paul McCartney. The short film exposes the suffering of animals in … Read more.
It was an impressive sight: thousands of activists, coming from all over Belgium, France, Italy, Spain and elsewhere to speak out peacefully for animals who don’t have a voice.
As bullfighters in Alès, in the south of France, were preparing to execute 18 bulls during the town’s annual Ascension Festival this weekend, compassionate people came together to protest against this cruel and archaic spectacle. The major rally was organised by CRAC Europe with the support of many animal rights groups, including PETA France, and sent a powerful message: we won’t stand for … Read more.
Where do you stand? That’s the question that we posed to guests at Fortnum & Mason’s Food and Drink Awards last night. PETA gave Fortnum & Mason the shameful award of Cruellest Retailer on Monday as a result of its sale of foie gras, and we’re determined to tell as many people as possible about the store’s unethical practices, which hurt animals.
So we came up with an elegant solution for infiltrating the ceremony and getting through to the writers and foodies who were in attendance: we dispatched a team of swankily … Read more.
… a company that profits from the torture of animals – Fortnum & Mason. As it gears up for its hoity-toity Food & Drink Awards ceremony tomorrow, we felt duty-bound to tell the world about the store’s nasty side by presenting an award of our own. So today, we bestowed on Fortnum & Mason the not-so-proud title of UK’s Cruellest Retailer because of its continued sale of foie gras.
Glamorous PETA volunteers put on their glad rags and rolled out a red carpet outside Fortnum & Mason’s Piccadilly store in order to … Read more.
Fortnum & Mason’s carefully cultivated image – of a shop steeped in English tradition – took a major knock yesterday, thanks to a wave of PETA supporters who paid the store a surprise St George’s Day visit! Whether handing out fliers or posing almost naked and bodypainted with St George’s flags, activists were determined to remind the company and its customer that the sale of foie gras is positively un-English.
Foie gras is made from the diseased and grossly enlarged livers of force-fed geese. Production of the French foodstuff is … Read more.